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    KLR 650 Ride; more fun than a day at Disneyland

    My buddy with no wives, has just bought his fourth bike: a KLR650. We traded bikes, and I followed him on wet country roads. For a reason I can't figure, the bike inspires confidence and I kept up with him despite being on knobbies. The wide bars and upright stance are not fatiguing and the newer style fairing has very good knee protection and moderate windshield effectiveness. It could use a taller windshield, but at least it doesn't have buffeting. The lightness of the bike and the high seat position somehow works to make the experience easy. The shocks work well enough for rough road and potholes. I twisted it up to 80 mph on wet roads and only had a "no worries, mate" attitude; I probably would have ridden slower on my ST. With a taller windshield and grip warmers, this would be a terrific commuter bike.


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    Re: KLR 650 Ride; more fun than a day at Disneyland

    I get ask all the time , Why you have two KLR 650's,
    The answer is.
    Lots of fun, got one packed now , needed up to and around Queens, N.M for a few days...
    Stealth camping and all that stuff....
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    Re: KLR 650 Ride; more fun than a day at Disneyland

    You've also discovered a well known feature of this style of bike, including the BMW GS.....they are really good in the twisties and are comfortable with an upright riding position.
    So many peeps have KLRs on this site that you have to consider the reason. Very accomodating to many styles of riding. A fun bike.
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    Re: KLR 650 Ride; more fun than a day at Disneyland

    I sold my 1990 KLR a few years ago and missed it so much I've now bought an XR650R. It has knobblies and SM wheels. Its a hoot!! Completely different from the ST1300 and my GSXR 1100. Each have vastly differing performance, styles and handling. It is nice to hop on each one and appreciate the bike for what its is. Always grinning from ear to ear no matter which one it is!

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    Re: KLR 650 Ride; more fun than a day at Disneyland

    Amazing how 300lbs or so LESS bike makes it SOOO much more fun!!!!!



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    Re: KLR 650 Ride; more fun than a day at Disneyland

    Every fall and a few weekends during the summer, a few friends and I do a dual-sport trip, taking as many dirt roads as we can enroute to a trail destination like Moab or Ouray, set up camp, and spend a few nights as we explore incredible passes, views, mountaintop mines, etc. Great fun. I would highly recommend it. Older KLR650s can be had for $2K or so.

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    I rode my 2008 KLR650 just about every day this past winter. I had D606's on with Aerostich studs and could go anywhere. I've since taken the studs out but still love riding the bike anywhere. I'm sure I'll be riding the ST13 more now that the weather has improved.
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    Re: KLR 650 Ride; more fun than a day at Disneyland

    I spent the weekend on the KLR. Great bike for just that. I don't want to jump on the bike and do 500+ mile days either. I would love to do some riding in mountains, but would definately trailer the bike there and then do the exploring. I picked my 01 up for 1k. I feel like I can really give the thing a beating because I am not out that much if I tear it up. Not to worried about dropping it either.
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    Re: KLR 650 Ride; more fun than a day at Disneyland

    Nice!

    Can't wait to have a pair of older KLRs in the garage for Karla and I. They'd make a wonderful addition to some light "standard" style street bikes for us.
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    Re: KLR 650 Ride; more fun than a day at Disneyland

    John Diego and I getting lost in Borrego area this weekend. They are a hoot and you can also tour on them.


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